Often times we hear, "Stop daydreaming, you are wasting your time, stay focused." It has long been thought that daydreaming is the habit of an unfocused person. It turns out, daydreaming will actually exercise your brain and memory, while keeping you focused on your goals.
There is research information available all over the internet if you want to read more about the science behind daydreaming, but suffice it to say, daydreaming has been linked heavily to creativity. It is your brains way of rebooting. Daydreaming often occurs when you are doing a mundane task. You may catch yourself daydreaming in the shower, while you are washing the dishes, cutting the grass or many other times throughout the day. Have you ever flipped through a dozen pages of a book only to realize you haven't comprehended anything you read? This is because your brain was wandering and trying to focus on other things. Daydreaming can go a long way to clearing some space in your head for new information. It can act as a timeout for your brain while it organizes your thoughts for you.
Staring out the window on a bright winter day watching snowflakes float to the ground is one of my favorite things to do. The repetitive pattern of cutting grass is another favorite activity of mine because it gives me a chance to zone out and clear my mind for upcoming tasks. Don't feel bad for taking a few moments each day to simply let your brain go. Lose yourself in thought, let your brain roam and you will become more focused on your immediate tasks.
Creativity block is a real thing. We have all sat in the studio, stared at our glass and become frustrated because we can't decide what to create. Either we keep going back to the same designs we have created over and over or we simply can't form a picture or a plan to create something new. The next time you find yourself in this position, walk away and put yourself in a relaxing atmosphere for a few minutes. Take a few deep breaths and let your mind wander. Don't try to control it, just let it go. Whether you daydream about glass, an upcoming vacation or the falling snow, just letting your mind roam will free up some space and help you to focus on your next task.
So the next time someone tells you to stop daydreaming because you are wasting your time, tell them you will be with them in a few minutes after you are done preparing yourself to take your work to the next level.